For the first time in Ravens history, Ozzie Newsome won't run the team's draft room this year. But his picks have been essential to the team's identity, and his counsel will continue to inform the moves of current general manager Eric DeCosta.
Ever since the Ravens moved to Baltimore from Cleveland in 1996, Eric DeCosta has been in the shadows of either head coaches or general managers. Now, it’s his time to step into the spotlight and under the microscope.
Maybe no player in Ravens history symbolized the toughness of the organization more than former defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, who announced his retirement Monday after 13 seasons in the NFL, including nine in Baltimore.
With the loss of C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs and others, the Ravens will have to rebuild their defense in a hurry and Baltimore will have to brace for a serious star-power shortage from both of its major professional teams.
Joshua Miles is the type of player everyone will root for this week at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. He is a Randallstown native who played at Western Tech High in Baltimore County and later at Morgan State University.
Shortly after the Ravens lost to the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFC wild-card round, head coach John Harbaugh gave Joe Flacco the ultimate compliment when he called him the best quarterback in Ravens history.
Ed Reed left a unique mark on the Ravens and the NFL in his 12 years as a big-play safety. On Saturday, Reed could become the third homegrown Raven, after Jonathan Ogden and Ray Lewis, to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
Lamar Jackson has long admired New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. "I want to bring the Super Bowl here," the young Raven said. "I want to be the [Tom] Brady [of Baltimore]. I want to be the Brady. Bring multiple, if I could."
When the Ravens clinched their first playoff berth in four years, the game ball went to an understated 62-year-old who's about to leave his job of 23 years. That man, Ozzie Newsome, is widely admired as the chief architect of the organization.
Only 11 players remain from the last Ravens team that made the playoffs in 2014. Those survivors are counseling younger teammates to cherish the opportunity as they prepare to play the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday.
The announcement that John Harbaugh will be back as Ravens head coach came at 7 p.m. and apparently caught a number of coaches and team officials off guard. Maybe it would have been better if owner Steve Bisciotti would have tweeted it out.
A controversial ban from a youth football league in Carroll County slowed the Reisterstown Mustangs, but did not prevent them from competing in the World Youth Championship in Canton, Ohio, this weekend.
Cornerback Marlon Humphrey ensured that the Ravens would not suffer another last-minute, heartbreaking loss to the Cincinnati Bengals by preventing a fourth-down conversion late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-21 win.